Polar Expeditions and Cruises
We offer Unique Cruises to the Arctic regions of Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen and Norway, and to Antarctica.
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Hurtigruten Classic Roundtrip Voyage
12 days, All Year
The celebrated 'Hurtigruten Route'. With so much natural beauty, Norway’s entire coastline is as awe-inspiring as America’s greatest national parks. You are certain to be ‘wowed’ by the hundreds of miles of pristine and dramatic landscapes, world-famous fjords and numerous UNESCO sites. But perhaps it is Norway’s people, culture and charm of the small coastal towns as well as the abundance of outdoor activities and fresh, natural foods that you will remember most.
Norwegian Coast and Spitsbergen Adventure
8 or 9 days, April to December, 2017
from $1,983 per person
Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Norwegian Svalbard Archipelago. High up in the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen is a land of ice and snow, and also the natural habitat of the mighty polar bear. Experience the contrast of this rugged wilderness with the beauty of the Norwegian coast. With these special packages, you can either sail the Norwegian coastal voyage from Bergen to Tromsø, then fly to Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen for a three-day adventure, or you can start the voyage in Longyearbyen, explore the area in a couple of days before flying to Tromsø for a coastal voyage down to Bergen. By combining your cruise in Norway with a visit to Spitsbergen, you'll also have the opportunity to do a variety of excursions that are not available on our regular Spitsbergen voyages.
The Complete Spitsbergen Expedition
10 days, June & July 2018
From $7,097 per person
With more polar bears than people, Svalbard provides an excellent chance to see these magnificent predators. This expedition is one of a kind, with a multitude of landing sites and exciting experiences in the Arctic. We will sail above 80º N, to take you to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean. The adventure will include several excursions including hiking, kayaking and other activities on land and on the water. There’s also a good chance that we’ll see a polar bear – after all, there are more polar bears than there are humans on Svalbard. Starting in Longyearbyen, we sail well above the 80th parallel and place you closer than 600 nautical miles from the Geographical North Pole. Explore the great national parks and some of the most spectacular highlights of the Arctic. One might expect it to be unbearably cold this far north. However, thanks to the Gulf Stream, the Svalbard archipelago boasts a surprisingly mild climate in summer.
Explore the South Atlantic, Antarctica and Patagonia
17 nights, Departure: October 22, 2017
Starting in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, on this tour you will visit The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Peninsula Valdés. In Puerto Madryn you can join excursions such as whale watching or hiking. Then we set our course to the Falkland Islands, where we use small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking, or birdwatching safaris. In Antarctica, you will experience everything from landings in great surroundings to theme days on board. You also get the chance to enjoy field days, kayaking, and exploring the waters and ice in small boats. Returning from Antarctica, we pass Cape Horn, where seafarers had to pass in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other before the Panama Canal. After traveling through the Chilean fjords we reach Punta Arenas, where the journey ends before your flight home.
Discover Patagonia and Antarctica
15 nights, Departure: December 3, 2017
Starting with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, you will meet your expedition ship in Punta Arenas. Then the journey south begins, and we sail through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel and into the Garibaldi Fjord, and witness the mighty Garibaldi Glacier unfolding at the end of the fjord. If the weather is favorable we might go ashore on Cape Horn before crossing the Drake Passage. Sailing into the most remote area of the world, with its endless ocean and continent covered with snow and ice, you will feel like a true explorer. In Antarctica, you will enjoy your days with landings that include visits to the most interesting places, looking at thousands of penguins and seals, and kayaking. Turning back, we will have another opportunity to go ashore in Cape Horn before sailing into the Beagle Channel. We will have another landing in the Chilean fjords before we disembark in Punta Arenas.
Adventure to the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica
November 7 and November 20. 15 days and 14 nights.
Starting with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile, you will meet your expedition ship in Punta Arenas. Then the journey south begins,where we head into the Chilean fjords with its steep mountains and green valleys that flourish with life –and glaciers. If the weather is favorable we might make a landing on Cape Horn before crossing the Drake Passage on our way to Antarctica. Here you will enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and its relics, meeting penguins on shore, and watching whales from the deck. If it has proven to be too difficult to land on Cape Horn on our southbound or northbound trip, we will stop at Puerto Williams in the Beagle Channel. Then, there will be another landing in the Chilean fjords before our disembarkation in Punta Arenas.
Expedition to the Arctic Islands
14 days, Summer
Embark on an adventure to the three largest islands in the Arctic: Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland and discover dramatic landscapes, extreme isolation, and unique wildlife. Meet with the elements of the Arctic wilderness as we take you closer to raw and untouched nature on our expedition ship, MS Fram.
Grand Arctic Traverse
June 5, 2017
Join us for an expedition unlike any other in this hemisphere. See the Lofoten Islands in Norway, the exotic island of Jan Mayen, Iceland, and the southern and western parts of Greenland – some of which are only accessible by boat. The spectacular scenery and fantastic fjords under the midnight sun provide a stunning backdrop to this diverse voyage.
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Steve - Jul 21, 2015
Overall we were very pleased with the trip
We had a very nice trip to the West and South Iceland. The flights were good. All of the hotels were very good, especially Ranga. The Icelandair hotel was okay but far below the others. One important …
Accessible via a short, five-hour flight from the east coast of the United States, Iceland is a lot closer than you might imagine